Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/31/14
Miami Marlins (66-68) at Atlanta Braves (71-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm (Turner Field)
Nathan Eovaldi (R) (6-9) (4.410) vs. Alex Wood (L) (6-9) (2.885)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -151 / Miami Marlins +141 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-FL, FSN-S
The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins have lost five of their last eight games and are two games below a .500 record. Despite the struggles, the Marlins offense has picked up the pace by producing four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Marlins have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Giancarlo Stanton has 10 RBIs in his last 10 games and Casey McGehee has hit in seven of his last eight games. The Miami Marlins have an ERA of 3.87, which is 20th in the majors. Nathan Eovaldi takes the hill, and he’s 6-9 with a 4.30 ERA and has 117 strikeouts in 165.1 innings. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 career starts against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves have split their last 10 games and are six games above a .500 record. The Braves offense continues to struggle, producing three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Braves have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Justin Upton has three hits in this series and Jason Heyward has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.29, which is fifth in the majors. Starting is Alex Wood, who is 9-10 with a 3.09 ERA and has 130 strikeouts in 137 innings. Wood is 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA in seven career games against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 1-4 in Eovaldis last 5 road starts and 4-12 in Eovaldis last 16 starts overall. The Braves are 3-9 in Woods last 12 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-5 in Woods last 7 starts overall.
The Marlins need this game to have any shot of climbing back in the wild card race. I don't like how the Braves offense continues to look, so give me the value of the fish on the road.